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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jul 31, 2009 9:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How pointless is USCO!

That sounds crazy. If people had access to this information, there would be much less copyright material turning up on the Archive, as well as less copyright films turning up in stores on dvd. I would think there would be more people for it than against it. I can understand the funding issue, though.

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2009-08-01 04:35:10

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jul 31, 2009 11:52pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How pointless is USCO!

I think it is really that the major rights lobbys don't want easy public access to copyright information at all. MGM, RKO, Universal, TCF and their successors are not interested in people knowing why and how they had periods of such administrative stupidities that they lost copyrights on whole seasons of film releases. Movies were thrown away becuase of Star/Producer reversion rights, administrative problems, copyright date inaccuracies and then theres the RKO secretary who burned the renewal triggers list when she was made redundant, effectivevely putting most of the 30-31 season in the PD. Studios have even tried to stop books like Film Superlist and other PD lists.
The Public Domain is pretty much a guessing game with the info that if freely available electronically. If the entire card file system was made available online the coyright status of works would pretty much become a hard science. Some rights owners like the confusion. Statutory penalties and settlements add up to a decent back line revenue stream. Keeping a rare copyright movie in the vault can make more money than having it available on video. This is pretty much Disney's sell-thru model. There's a book called "Freakonomics" on this stuff. They call it informational advantage. There is also an academic who wrote up an informative and entertaining article on the major studios and the Public Domain. It was in the journal of film history. I'll try and find the reference.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 1, 2009 3:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How pointless is USCO!

The big studios would lose more on lawyers fees than they would hope to gain by suing me. I'm on disabilty.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Aug 1, 2009 5:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How pointless is USCO!

The movie industry mostly goes after companies (unlike the Record Industry who mostly go after individuals) for the higher potential per infringement penalties. The DVD companies can usually be insured for the damages if they show basic diligence in checcking, or third party supplier certification of, copyright status. The major studios employ entire legal departments for this sort of stuff. They don't always take the DVD cos to court. I have seen cease and desists where payment of all revenue from the title has been demanded. I suppose that forms the basis of an out of court settlement with the DVD co or their insuror.